Apple is reportedly testing an M3 Ultra chip with a significant bump in CPU from 24 cores in the M2 Ultra to 32 cores in the next-generation version of the chip, according to Bloombergby Mark Gurman today Power On newsletter. Developer logs also reportedly show a base configuration with 64 GPU cores and a top-end version with 80 GPU cores for Apple’s big desktop chip.
You can get the M2 Ultra Mac with a 60-core or 76-core GPU now, which makes the next version of the chip a more modest improvement, from a graphics processing point of view, compared to the jump to last year. The M2 Ultra in its top configuration sees a 12-core jump from the 64-core GPU of a maxed-out M1 Ultra Mac Studio.
the Bloomberg The report also says that Apple is releasing M3 Macs in October – including a new iMac – but also reiterates that we won’t see computers with the M3 Pro or M3 Max until next year. Gurman predicted that an M3 Ultra chip would be a late 2024 release “at the earliest,” based on Apple’s previous release schedule.